May 06, 2010 07:18
Children and adolescents in Korea are the least satisfied with their lives among 26 member countries of the OECD. According to a survey released on Tuesday by a research center affiliated with Yonsei University and a foundation named for educator Pang Jong-hwan, only 53.9 percent of 5,437 schoolchildren from fourth grade to 12th said they were satisfied with their lives. That means one in two Korean children and adolescents are dissatisfied.
The survey was compared with a UNICEF study of OECD member countries in 2006. Korea was far below the OECD average of 84.8 percent and marked a decrease from last year's 55.5 percent. The Netherlands had the largest number of children who were satisfied with 94.2 percent.
It showed that 26.5 percent of children and adolescents in Korea subjectively feel they are unhealthy, while 18.3 percent feel alienated, the highest in the OECD. Almost 17 percent of Korean children and adolescents feel lonely, which put the country second only to Japan's 29.8 percent. Korean youngsters scored 65.1 points on the "subjective happiness index," which combines points scored in six different categories, including satisfaction with life and happiness. That was the lowest score in the OECD.
The greatest source of stress was school work, followed by physical appearance and problems with parents. Girls were found to experience over 10 percent more stress than their male counterparts. Boys suffered the most stress over their height starting in the ninth grade, while girls were most stressed by their weight starting in the eighth grade.
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